Monday 22 July 2019

Klopp tried to convince me to stay at Liverpool, insists Karius

Loris Karius poses on the football pitch of the Vodafone Park Stadium yesterday in Istanbul. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Loris Karius poses on the football pitch of the Vodafone Park Stadium yesterday in Istanbul. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Loris Karius claimed he had to convince Jurgen Klopp to let him leave Liverpool as he was unveiled at new club Besiktas yesterday.

Liverpool await today's Champions League draw knowing there is a chance of a reunion in the group stages with Real Madrid, their conquerors in last season's final.

Karius had a nightmare display in the final but said that Klopp, despite spending £65m on keeper Alisson Becker, wanted him to stay.

"He told me he would like to have me in the squad because he wants to have the best-quality players," said Karius. "But I spoke to him and asked him for my wish. It is important to me to play for Besiktas.

"I talked with him for a long time and he understood my situation.

"It was a good deal for everyone. He wished me well but said he would have liked to keep me. I came here because I think I can make the next step in my career. I'm still young for a goalkeeper. Hopefully I can win many titles with Besiktas."

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah's dispute with Egypt's football association is threatening to escalate before his country play Niger on September 8.

Salah has issued a series of grievances on social media regarding his treatment while on international duty. Concerns have been raised about security, particularly in team hotels and training facilities. Salah also believes his name is being exploited for commercial gain without permission. Salah's agent and lawyer, Ramy Abbas, wrote on Twitter: "Enough is enough.

"We asked for guarantees regarding Mohamed's well-being whilst with the national team, and assurances that the image-rights violations wouldn't happen again." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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